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Our Jamie Is A High Flyer

posted 2 Mar 2016, 07:32 by Google Google   [ updated 2 Mar 2016, 07:55 ]



When at the age of seven  Jamie Gutteridge witnessed the spectacle of the Red Arrows on display it was for him a life changing moment.  Scarcely could he have dreamt that in just 12 years time he would be flying an aircraft solo.

Air Cadet Flight Sergeant Gutteridge is a 19 year old student at Hillsview Academy in Middlesbrough who lives to fly. Since joining the Air Cadets six years ago his best experience was as part of an international exchange which saw him jet off to New Hampshire in the USA. He earned the added bonus of staying on after the event with a local family to tour the region. Inevitably  one of his trips was to visit an American air force base.

Closer to home a favourite destination is RAF Scampton, not only the former home of the legendary 617 squadron who breached the Ruhr dams with the historic 'bouncing bomb, but also the current home of Jamie's heroes, The Red Arrows. There he learned  how many long hours they need to train both in the air and on the ground to stage the events they perform throughout the year across the country.

When it was time for his Year 10 work experience it was another opportunity to develop more aviation skills. He spent it at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire with the Pirates Hawk T1 training squadron.

Fulfilling his ambition of actually gaining a pilot's licence is an expensive one so Jamie applied for, and successfully obtained, a bursary from the Greensward Charitable Trust. Jamie trained at Dundee Airport and under the guidance of a civilian pilot he passed his exam first time and earned the right to fly solo.

Jamie is crystal clear on his ambitions.  "I am hoping to achieve my National Private Pilot Licence and then hopefully achieve my Light Aircraft Pilots Licence. Achieving these will put me one step closer to fulfilling my dream of having a job as a pilot by being able to apply for a job in the civilian industry."

 He added:  "I am so grateful for the difference that the GCT bursary is making to fulfil my career aims."